Federico Germani, PhD
Federico obtained a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Milan in 2013. He then completed his Master's studies in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Milan in 2015, conducting his thesis research at ETH Zurich. In 2019, Federico earned his PhD in Molecular Life Sciences from the University of Zurich, where he conducted basic research investigating on the molecular interplay between the innate immune system and cell growth. Driven by his broad interests, Federico pursued further studies in International Relations at the University of London, obtaining his graduate diploma in 2018. During his time as a PhD candidate, he founded Culturico in 2018, a non-profit, non-partisan, non-ideological cultural and scientific media platform, which aims at fighting misinformation and innovate journalism.
Since 2020, Federico is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME), University of Zurich. Federico is dedicated to contributing to the ongoing effort to better prepare for and manage future global health challenges. His primary areas of interest and expertise include disinformation and infodemic management. With a focus on developing evidence-based strategies to effectively manage information during times of crisis, Federico is passionate about addressing the ethics of infodemics and reducing the spread of false information. He is currently serving as a rapporteur for the World Health Organization panel on ethical considerations in social listening and infodemic management. He is also a member of the Digital Society Initiative Health (DSI Health) and has published his research in numerous prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including BMJ Global Health, the Journal of Medical Ethics, JMIR, Science Advances, The American Journal of Bioethics, and many more. His research has been featured in prestigious media outlets like The Times, The Verge, El Pais, Fast Company, MIT Technology Review, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and many more.
Disinformation, misinformation, infodemic management, pandemic preparedness, information literacy, information ethics, global health ethics, public health ethics, vaccine hesitancy